A Bronzeville man was stabbed to death when the man now charged with his murder tried to break up a fight over a card game involving the victim and the son of the suspect.
Timothy Barber, 40, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death
early Aug. 30 of Lamont Larkins, 24, of the 4000 block of South Calumet Indiana
Avenue. Barber was sentenced in 1993 to 20 years in prison
after he pled guilty in connection with a murder for which he was originally
charged in 1988.
Barber and his son were playing a game of spades for money with Larkins and
another person at a home in the 4000 block of South Calumet Avenue, when a
dispute over allegations of cheating arose among Larkins, Barber and Barber’s
son, and Larkins and Barber’s son started fighting.
Larkins punched Barber’s son in the nose, and the tussle ended up in the
home’s yard, with Barber and other friends trying to pull the two men apart. Barber pulled out a knife and stabbed Larkins in the arm,
back, and face, with the knife puncturing his chest.
The victim was found stabbed in an alley in the 4000 block of South Calumet
Avenue a little before 12:40 a.m. that day.
Police were called to the scene because of a person who had been stabbed, and
arrived on scene to find the victim on the ground.
Witnesses identified Barber as the person who had stabbed Larkins, and when
interviewed by police, he admitted he had stabbed Larkins, and Larkins had not
been armed at the time.
Barber was identified as the person who stabbed the victim, and he was
arrested Sunday at his home in the 200 block of East 135th Place